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  1. I would just ask for a transcript from FLVS, then you can see what’s on it.
  2. I’m going to agree with you on this one. The only caveat: I would recommend against stretchy pants that are tight like leggings— something more like a loose-fit trouser would be good. I think the whole world has gone much more casual since the pandemic. The dress code in husband’s office, which was previously ‘business attire’ is now business casual as you describe above. I can’t imagine a health-care setting would be any more formal. My DD is an RN and just took a new job in July with a non-profit agency where she dresses business casual. Her colleagues are OTs, PTs, social workers, and other nurses. Her new ‘uniform’ is stretchy dark pants, a cute top + cardigan, and Dansko clogs. It looks very professional, but is appropriate for the work she has to do with her clients (patients). ETA: Obviously, interviews are slightly more formal than day-to-day dress, but there is nothing worse than showing up in I’ll-fitting clothes and uncomfortable shoes. She’ll feel more confident and be less distracted if she looks professional, but feels comfortable.
  3. I would not make that assumption; call/email FLVS to verify. I would think that they would be happy to send an official transcript for the classes she’s completed with them. Sorry, I messed up the quote. This is what I meant: “(I am also assuming that FLVS will not send an official transcript since she is fully a homeschooler?)”
  4. I attended a panel info session last week including admission committee reps from five highly-selective schools (attended another one two weeks back with a different set of schools). They all seemed to tow the same line with regard to standardized testing’s relative importance: essentially saying test scores are only important if other areas of your application are weak, and they won’t get you in, but can help bolster an application with some gaps/weaknesses. Of course, this was not specifically addressing the importance of test scores for homeschooled applicants. I think it is going to be pretty school-dependent. Some schools seem inherently more distrustful of homeschool transcripts. For those schools, I imagine a high test score will carry a lot of weight. For other schools that seem a little more ‘evolved’ (for lack of a better term), they don’t seem to be put off by no test scores even for homeschool applicants. I think if your student is a good test-taker, it’s worth it to maximize test scores, but not at the expense of other things (EC’s, rigorous transcript, good LORs, strong essays, etc.). If your student isn’t a good test taker (and there is some room for a growth mindset here— this can be improved), I don’t think it is a deal-breaker anymore, but they better shine in other ways.
  5. Yep, I’d complain to both the teacher and the provider (assuming it’s with some larger organization than just her individually). The motivation to express your concern now is that it’s early enough that something can be done about it— a better plan for handling left-over class time, not canceling classes during holiday weeks in the future, etc. It won’t do any good to express your frustration later in the year or after the school year is finished.
  6. Wise words. We fall into this category. It’s a huge hassle and requires much fortitude on my part, but each year my DD has been able to register and test with the huge public near her ballet school. She’ll graduate with 7 AP exams under her belt that, paired with a high ACT score and a rigorous transcript will hopefully be enough to earn her admission to some selective schools. Despite the frustration, I definitely wouldn’t go back and change course on her education. Now, for my next DD, I doubt we’ll go the AP route just because it won’t play to her strengths. And I won’t be sad about not having to jump through hoops!
  7. October in Paris is lovely! We’ve visited in June twice (VERY hot & swarmed with tourists on both visits), but our October visit was cool, sunny and significantly less crowded.
  8. My DD is planning to take the GRE in November and has asked me to help her source a ready-made prep program that is effective and reasonably priced. one friend recommended Magoosh. FWIW, She’s a nurse and is planning to apply to combined DNP/MPH programs in population health & systems leadership. She needs lots more review in the quantitative vs. verbal sections. Give me your best resources!
  9. Okay, DD finished her Common App and submitted 10 applications this weekend! She was able to write about 4-5 separate supplemental essays, then modify/massage them to fit all the prompts (luckily there seemed to be a lot of overlap). This process is such a marathon! I prepared her that the real work begins now: setting up all her portal accounts/passwords and monitoring them to verify all info is completed, jump through any new hoops, etc. I didn’t mention the inevitable extra scholarship and honors program applications/essays, etc.; I didn’t want her to get overwhelmed and shut down!
  10. Integritas Academy if it’s in the budget (and if she has openings; I didn’t check).
  11. It’s about yield: ED students are a very safe bet. If admitted, they must attend. The school can guarantee that student will matriculate. The more of these students they admit, the better their yield percentage (# of students admitted/# of students who enroll).
  12. Yes, there was a way to review it, but no button to hit ‘submit’. Does that sound right? I’m guessing because the school profile is general to the school, not specific to a student, so it’s just provided to any of that counselor’s students?
  13. I just submitted my DD’s Common App Counselor Recommendation (including my LOR) and School Report (including both my transcript and course descriptions). Whew! Is it accurate that you don’t actually ever hit ‘review & submit’ on the school profile? As far as I can tell, there is no way to submit it. It says this at the top of the page: “We send your profile information with all your forms. Some forms have questions that you may answer in bulk using the "update" button.” Does that mean all the schools will get the school profile document I uploaded to this section? That feels a little unfinished somehow.
  14. Just emailed my contact at the school where DD has tested the last two years. Fingers-crossed it will be a ‘go’ for this year. They’re woefully inadequate communicators, but do eventually get the registration done. I’m sure it will take me harassing them a few more times, though!
  15. Just FYI for anyone else who might be considering Blue Tent’s AP Bio: the teacher does not require live attendance/participation in the Thursday evening class. My DD is two weeks into the course and has found the teacher to be well-organized, flexible, and kind so far. Obviously, it’s too early for a full review. My DD asked if rather than doing physical dissection she could instead conduct her labs virtually as she is a vegan. Teacher had no problem. DD watches the recording of the class at 2x speed just for efficiency and teacher is fine with it. I’m cautiously optimistic at this point!
  16. You can look at the concordance tables and determine which test your student performed best on. https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/ACT-SAT-Concordance-Tables.pdf I will say that the ACT science section is generally very teachable. My DD scored a 25, 30, and a 35 on it with a bit of practice between tests 1, 2, and 3. She used the book For the Love of ACT Science and several practice sections.
  17. I think, like most everything, it depends on the kid. For my very academic students, I would not include it because it adds nothing. For my youngest, who may be less academically inclined in high school, I wouldn’t rule-out rolling Driver’s Ed into a larger life skills type of catch-all credit that might include First Aid/CPR, personal finance, etc. In our state, Driver’s Ed is taught privately and has nothing to do with the schools, so it definitely does not go on transcripts.
  18. I can only tell you what we did. My DD has taken/is taking 7 AP classes/exams— both English + Calc AB, Bio, Art History, Psychology, and Stats. Our goal was to have a test score in roughly all the core subject areas to objectively demonstrate proficiency and ‘validate’ her transcript (I realize this isn’t strictly necessary, but it was what we felt comfortable with). All of her classes have been excellent and would have been great courses even without the AP label. She is a good test taker and achieved passing scores on all. Incidentally, each of my older DD’s took about the same number of AP courses in their public high school. It seemed to be pretty standard for high-achieving students to take at least 6-8 AP’s. Taking much more than that seems a little like overkill, IMHO.
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